Current Students

NWCCI 2014-2015: Highs, Lows, and New Beginnings

Fall is often associated with new beginnings, changing seasons, and the return of thousands of students to campuses across the United States. For students in the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program, it means starting their academic programs.

Since they arrived on August 12, NWCCI students have spent the last month gaining invaluable skills in a comprehensive pre-academic program. The students improved their English skills, learned about American culture and education, toured local businesses, and fostered a sense of shared community.

Whatcom Community College (WCC) students shared their high and low points from the past month, including what most excites and scares them – about start of the academic year. WCC’s advisor Iris Anthony helped students identify what brings them happiness (highs) in order to mitigate and prevent the inevitable lows. Students came to the realization that they are not alone and found strength in their shared experiences.




Lows-page-0The NWCCI program is part of the Community College Initiative, an exchange program sponsored by the U.S.Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.


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